Hi everyone! As you join the group, I hope you'll take a moment to introduce yourself here.
For those who don't know me, I've been raising Nigerians for seven years, and they are our main dairy source. They are almost our only dairy source. We make chevre, queso blanco, cheddar, mozzarella, yogurt, buttermilk, as well as ice cream and pudding. You can learn more about our goats on our website.
Before our oldest daughter went off to college, we also showed and were on DHI, which were both fun and educational, but also a lot of work! Now that she's gone, I don't have the time to do either one any longer, so I applaud those of you who stick with it.
I'm looking forward to sharing pictures, stories, and videos on here.
Charmin' Billy. He was as onery as us girls; he had to be as we teased him all the time by pulling his tail and running when he butted us. Fed him chewing tobacco to worm him. He would leap from the upmost part of the hay as anyone walked into the barn, startling even the people that were looking for him. Then I was about 13 and my folks let me buy 3 goats. But when we moved, I had to take them to auction. When I was 20 years old, I got married and got another goat. He/she seemed to have parts for both sexes. He was so mean, he bruised our very petite and ladylike next door neighbor so we gave him away.
About 27 years later (4 years ago) my folks suggested getting a goat for my daughter to play with. I had only recently discovered the smaller goats and decided that was what I wanted for her. I considered pygmies for much cheaper, the ones I saw locally could barely be caught with grain. So I started researching online. I ran onto Linda Worley's website and was about to drive 4 hours to her place when she recommended I call Kim Belyeu's Jubilee Farm @ http://www.belyeus.com/index.htm living in Checotah; Debbie Phelps ( http://www.debpnigerians.com/ ) and Anita Gitlan living in Stilwell. (she has since moved to Iowa but her website is the same http://www.shilohmtnfarm.com/). I bought goats from all three ladies and thus started my herd about 4 years ago. 2 years ago, I bought my first buck from Phil Moss ( http://www.tyny.com/ ). The buck is out of Linda Worley's (http://goodmeasurefarm.com/ ) herd.
That is all I bought of the prolific things, an even dozen graces our farm which we call Dessie's Dwarfs; named for my daughter whose fault it is that I am hopelessly hooked. I am not in this for money and now we (Dessie and I) have way too many pets counting our 3 dogs. My husband has one cat that I brought home and the cat claimed my husband. Now don't get me wrong, I think he likes GMF Ft. Boise. He has nicknamed him Billy Bob because of his nastiness; from his stringy pee riden beard and his horney grunting noises, all the way to the tip of his tail which he proudly keeps curled over his back most of the time.
I hesitate before taking fuzzy pics as I dont believe it does a nice goat justice. My camera was broke this summer, so I dont have any recent pics. However; I'll try to get some and soon, I promise :-).
Two months ago we started making soaps, and its been about 3 batches a week ever since. I love to make soap now and am enjoying working with essential oils and fragrances. My favorite recipe is the goat milk, oatmeal and honey type recipe, I love the soap and it is so kind and nourishing for my sensitive skin. I think that If I don't get some does in the spring I will have to buy one or two more does that I can breed. So I look forward to alot of discussions and the forum. Mary Colman..Pinnacle Hills Goat Farm
We currently raise alpacas (we have 23 on property), chickens, turkeys & quail. We are getting the goats for milk. We are all excited to get our goats in April!!
Looking forward to learning from everyone.
My older boys (11 & 7), my mother, and I are the main caretakers of the goats.
My husband and I just bought our first goats this summer! We've been working towards self-sufficiency, so these little gals are just the beginning of our dairy-endeavors! We are very much at the beginning of EVERYTHING as we just bought our house this past February. Since then we've bought a dozen laying hens, a dozen broilers (who we are going to butcher ourselves in a couple weeks), started a garden, purchased our two Nigerians: Chutney and May (who we are going to have bred later this fall/winter), and I hope to start bee-keeping next spring. I really would love to make homesteading my full-time job, selling goats, milk, soap, honey, eggs, produce, etc- someday. For now we both work full-time jobs in the area and we squeeze in as much goat/chicken/dog time as possible in the mornings, evenings, and weekends.
Somehow I found Antiquity Oaks on the same website where I blog, and ever since I feel like I've been finding you everywhere! Thanks for all the great tips and anecdotes!
I go by WorkingGoats4 online. I am one of those stranger Nigerian owners. I do not milk my goats, nor have I ever bred them. So, let me introduce them to you. Let's start with my 4 year old does - who are all sisters. In 2005, I purchased two does (from Deborah I might add!). Fairy Tale (salt and pepper color - 3 year grand champion doe over pygmies!), and Goose Girl (Dark brown, white belt -- two year junior dairy doe champion. Now, these two were born of triplets. So in 2006, Deborah bred thier sister, Sleeping Beauty (looks like a twin to Goose, with less white), and my wether, Hansel (light brown, with a little buckskin tint - reserve champion Wether!) was born. In early 2008, I purchased Hansel. Later that year, Deborah decided to sell Beauty, so I purchased her as well.
So, if I don't breed them, what do I do with these goats?? They pull carts ---- yes those little goats can pull a cart. I started Fairy and Goose in 2007, then added Beauty this year. I have yet to have a triple team, due to not having a triple tounge for my cart. I'd love to get Hansel pulling, but he is stuburn, so it is taking longer.
So those are the goats of RDTEE farms! I'd post more, but my brower is having problems with this page, so I'll try later!
If you want to make up your own recipes, you can use the lye calculator on Majestic Mountain Sage. I've been using it for six years now with excellent results every time.
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